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February 05, 2015

 

MEMORANDUM BY

WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATION

 

URGING THE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE PRIVATE TAKE OVER OF THE 148 YEARS OLD HERITAGE BUILDING OF THE MAHARAJA GIRLS SCHOOL

 

Jaipur,

5th February, 2015

Smt. Vasundhara Raje,

Chief Minister Rajasthan,

Jaipur

 

Dear Madam,

 

Today mornings papers brought out the most depressing story of the failure of successive Governments in Rajasthan to protect the private takeover of the 148 years old school building of Maharaja Girls School in Kishanpole Bazar, Jaipur. The silver lining ofcourse was the protest of the schools girls pledging that that under no circumstances would they allow their school building to be handed over to the temple owners who had won a one sided legal battle.

 

Women's groups met today to express their solidarity and support to the students and the school authorities who are working to prevent the handing over of the building to the temple keepers. They expressed shock that a school for girls, which has seen more than seven generations of women students study is being closed done. Presently the school has an enrollment of more than 1500 students, who are mostly from conservative families of the lower middle class and poor who stay within the walled city. They will now not only lose the Government school of their area, but also their right to education, on grounds of no alternative. The portion of the building that will be lost to the temple is the school auditorium for 1500 girls and all the laboratories. This is one of the few Government schools for girls which has all the three streams of science, humanities and commerce and well equipped labs.

 

Our suggestions are as follows:  

 

  • Declare the school building into a Heritage site: When the Kotwali Thana, which is a part of the Nataniyon ki Haveli was restored a few years ago and has been declared a heritage Thana, then why has, the school building not been declared a Heritage site. It should be declared a heritage building and immediately repaired and protected therefore.
  • As reported by newspapers that the Government counsel never presented appropriate documents in court, it is imperative that the Government take up this challenge and obtain all the documents of the erstwhile State Time and fight a new case in the courts in the interest of the school.

 

It should take the services of Historians like Dr. Reema Hooja who has written on the history of Jaipur and education of girls of not just Jaipur but also from other principalities of the erstwhile Rajputana. Incidentally we spoke to her and she is willing to lend her services for the sake of the students and the school.

 

  • The Government can appeal to the Temple owner and ask him to give the land back to the Government for the purpose of school or it can in public interest as defined under section 2 (i) (i) of the Land Acquistion law called the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquistion Rehabilitation and  Resettlement Act, 2013, acquire the building and the land and give it to the school or it can buy the land from the Temple keepers and restore the school back to the school

 

We appeal to you to intervene and save the school from being taken over by the Temple keepers for whom the school is just real estate.

 

With regards,

 

Kavita Srivastava, Mamta Jaitly, Dr. Laad Kumari Jain, Sumitra Chopra, Kusum Saiwal, Nisha Sidhu, Dr. Malati Gupta, Shobhita Rajasgopal, Kanchan Mathur, Renuka Pamecha, Rakhi, Kailash Kumbahkar, Nishat Hussein, Komal Srivastava, Mewa Bharti and others

 

 

Contact numbers: 09351562965, 9829068744, 9314503785, 9414443607

email: kavisriv@gmail.com, pucl.rajasthan@gmail.com


 


 

                                                                      

 
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